Translation: Happy House.
For those whom have been lucky enough to spend time at Bahay Kalipay, I am sure you will agree that it is a place of simplicity, serenity, love and happiness. The space was created by the love and the vision of Pi and Daniw, they now share their teachings with many people.
Every morning Miky and I were woken by the beautiful sounds of nature; the wind in the trees and the cheerful tunes of the many birds amongst us. We spent two weeks without walls, without a door and without shutting the world out. We slept inside a bamboo treehouse, waking up with the sunrise and using candles for light in the evenings. We had many visitors to our treehouse including many, MANY lizards, some birds, a frog and a monkey; luckily not all at once! After the sunrise we would hop over to the yoga studio, another treehouse-like structure, directly beside ours and enjoy 90 minutes of Yoga with Ezzie. Ezzie is a kind hearted and fun yoga instructor! Miky and I thoughrally enjoyed all of her classes. ( Thankyou so much, keep doing you! )
Bahay Kalipay had so much to offer us in terms of learning new creative mediums. Including: Art therapy (lead by the in-house Buddhist Monk, Bante) Yoga, Qi Gong, Guided meditations, Soul Journalling, Inner Dance practice and many more. Massages, Chlonics, Body scrubs and Aruvada Counseling was also available for us. We were able to speak with Bante at anytime to learn about the Buddhist teachings, about Nirvana and just about anything else you wanted to ask.
Coconut/Silent Day- we all spent the day drinking coconut water and being silent. It was both refreshing and challenging to spend the day near Mikhail and not speaking to him! On the silent day, I was laying on my yoga matt with Ming-Ming (possibly the best cat in the world who sits on people as they do yoga!) when I noticed a little purple insect wing shining at the top of my matt. When I reached for it, I suddenly saw hundreds of tiny colorful wings on the yoga studio floor. I genuinely believe that I wouldn’t have seen them had I not been being insular that day. Being quiet and focusing on the present.
Three meals and two snacks a day prepared by the raw food kitchen staff. Gormet meals for everyone to enjoy! The food genuinely was delicious, even Mikhail (a raging carnivore) enjoyed eating the freshly prepared raw vegan meals. Each meal was marked by the sound of a gong and before we ate Bante -the buddhist monk, would chant a meditation to us, and we would each state a gratitude. I was often grateful to be sitting around the family style table with so many new friends. In the evenings we often found ourselves sitting around the table for hours laughing and chatting, or hanging out in a hammock upstairs.
On the night of the full moon, some of the other girls were gathering up all their crystals to cleanse. We put all our crystals in Ezzies singing bowl with some sea water and left them under the moons light. Then walked down to the beach to enjoy panoramic views of the moon on the calm sea, grabbing at fireflies on the way.
I am so grateful to have found this wonderful space and I am looking forward to spending more time here in the future. Many thanks to everyone who made our experience so memorable, and thank you of course to Pi and Daniw for your remarkable vision.